Trying something new: Barre Code


I finally tried Barre Code. I’ve seen things about Barre for awhile. Honestly the thing that kept me away was the cost. Friends said it was a great workout and it’s not that I didn’t believe them it’s that I already pay for the YMCA and for a personal trainer. Thanks to OnMilwaukee I came across a code for a free class. I thought, why not? Well, I’m the idiot who tried Barre for the first time the day after running 10 miles for the first time in months. I still loved it.

I think Barre would have been a lot more difficult if I hadn’t been working with my personal trainer for the last month and a half. It was a fantastic workout with cardio, core, and strength, mostly using the weight of your body. I’m pretty certain some of the pain I felt had to do with running pains from the day before. It was nice to see other people struggling too. I would definitely would try this more if it weren’t so expensive. There’s just no way I’m paying $18/class. Maybe if I wasn’t paying for other things, but for now I won’t be going back unless I can find a deal. I do recommend trying it.

The other awesome thing this week was my running. I’m back, really back. I was a bit lazy at the beginning of the week, but didn’t let the crappy weather (rain record) keep me from doing anything. Thankfully my Y has a nice indoor track. I am still really excited about Thursday’s run. I ran 3 miles at an 8:47 pace and can’t believe I saw that number again. Saturday Rachel and I were in charge of leading 2 mile group runs every hour during Fleet Feet Brookfield’s Running Expo. Now I had no intention of doing all 7 runs. I can do simple math and know that it would have been 14 miles and that would have just been stupid with where I’m at right now. We ended up leading 5 runs over 6 hours so I did 10 miles for the first time in who knows how long. The last two were a bit tough, but I made it. I don’t think I would have been able to do 10 straight, but I’m pretty tempted to run 7-8 next weekend. My foot is not bothering me at all. My body is exhausted, but not in a way I’m worried.

I am absolutely loving that I can see improvement and am feeling stronger. It’s fun to be reminded of what I can do. My goals have really been to get stronger and keep my body healthy, and while that remains I want to accomplish more. I don’t exactly know what that means, but I’m enjoying getting in better shape and starting to see muscles I haven’t seen in a long time.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Steena says:

    This prompted me to search for Barre Code around here, wow, kind of ridiculous how expensive it is! I’m going to be on the look out for a discount around here now.
    It’s been pretty great “watching” you come back to running and seeing you happier each week with how far you’ve come back!

    1. Renee says:

      Thank you Steena. From my looking around it appears you can get one cheaper class as a new customer. I might try that at a different Barre company.

  2. I wish we could make a date to run next weekend (since I have 60 min), but alas, Forced Family Fun awaits me.

    I just don’t get the obsession with barre. I’m not really a group exercise person; I think that’s my biggest problem.

    1. Renee says:

      A run date would be great. I think I have to run long Sunday morning before I fly to Kentucky.
      I’m not sure I get the obsession either. It was a good workout, but I wouldn’t say it’s the only thing I’d want to do.

  3. Coco says:

    I didn’t like the Barre-style class I took, but I know different studios (and instructors) can be very different. I just had no confidence that I was doing the small moves correctly.

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